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Dr. C. Ann Gordon

Associate Professor, Director to Babbie and Henley Centers
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Political Science
Expertise: Fear in America; Natural and Man-Made Disasters; Disaster Preparedness
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 259
Office Hours: T/TH 1:00-2:00pm
California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Arts
Arizona State University, Master of Arts
University of Southern California, Ph.D.


Dr. Ann Gordon is associate dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and an associate professor of political science. She is the director of the Ludie and David C. Henley Social Sciences Research Laboratory. Dr. Gordon has published three books and numerous articles. She is Co-PI of the ongoing Chapman Survey of American Fears (CSAF), leading the team studying disasters and preparedness. The CSAF has been featured in over 800 print and broadcast media including the New York Times, The Huffington Post, CBS This Morning, Yahoo News, Good Housekeeping, the Washington Post, USA Today, and TIME. Dr. Gordon works with emergency managers in Southern California on communicating preparedness to the public.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Homeland InSecurity : Terrorism, Mass Shootings and the Public (with Kai Hamilton-Gentry) Routledge, March 2021
Fear Itself : the Causes and Consequences of Fear in America, (with Chris Bader, Ed Day and Joseph Baker) New York University Press, March 2020